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Exhibiting imperial entanglements in science museums

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  • UserEleanor S. Armstrong (Stockholm University / University of Delaware)
  • ClockThursday 27 January 2022, 15:30-17:00
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This talk contextualises the Whipple Museum’s ‘Astronomy and Empire’ exhibition (opened in 2017) against other UK exhibitions on the development of physical sciences in global contexts. I unpack the presentation, pedagogies, and possibilities in exhibitions and galleries on histories of physical sciences in UK museums. Postcolonial STS theorists Pollock & Subramaniam (2016) argue all western sciences ‘were an intimate and inextricable part of the colonial machinery’ – and could be considered ‘sciences of empire’. If so, how do museums – if they do at all – teach publics about these entanglements, especially of the physical sciences, in their displays?

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